Duncannon Fort reopening for tours

By david looby

Published 18/06/2016 | 00:00

At the announcement of the Duncannon Fort Conservation Plan in the Tholsel were Abraham Dunne, Executive Engineer Wexford County Council; Emmet Stafford Archaeologist; Catherine Mc Loughlin Archaeologist; John Carley Director of Services, Sinead Casey New Ross Municipal District Manager; Cllr Martin Murphy outgoing chairman of the Duncannon Fort committee and Anthony Bailey Company Secretary.
At the announcement of the Duncannon Fort Conservation Plan in the Tholsel were Abraham Dunne, Executive Engineer Wexford County Council; Emmet Stafford Archaeologist; Catherine Mc Loughlin Archaeologist; John Carley Director of Services, Sinead Casey New Ross Municipal District Manager; Cllr Martin Murphy outgoing chairman of the Duncannon Fort committee and Anthony Bailey Company Secretary.

DUNCANNON FORT is to reopen for guided tours on June 27.

Designed by Mirador Interpretation, the tours of the star-shaped fort will run five times daily, at 11 a.m., 12.15 p.m., 1.35 p.m., 2.45 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Tours can be booked in advance on duncannonfort.ie or you can book on the day. A Hook Tourism spokesperson said: 'If paying on the day please arrive 10 minutes in advance of your preferred tour time.' The cost of doing the tour is €5.

Duncannon Fort includes buildings from the 16th century and onwards.

The fort is one of only three bastioned forts built in County Wexford and the only one which is accessible to the public. It is in the ownership of both the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Wexford County Council.

John Carley, Director of Services, Housing, Environment and Emergency Services, said the fort is being reopened following discussions between OPW staff and Wexford County Council officials.

Hook Tourism - which has its office near the fort - will run the tours. Mr Carley added that there is a great interest from visitors to the area in the fort, which, he said, will remain open for tours over the summer months.

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